paperTHINKtank is a fully equipped papermaking studio located in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA, dedicated to making paper, working with paper artists, and growing the paper, print, and book communities of the city.
By collaborating with printmakers, poets, letterpress and book artists, paperTHINKtank helps support a robust network of artistic community, and offers classes and workshops in papermaking, covering not only techniques of the craft but also aspects of environmental sustainability. Our goal is to centralize the dispersed community of papermakers in Philadelphia and bring greater visibility to an under-recognized artform.
Founded and operated by Nicole Donnelly, paperTHINKtank opened its doors in 2013 and has been steadily growing ever since. Donnelly is a hand papermaker and visual artist. She is the current President of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA); a Board Member of The Soapbox: Community Print Shop & Zine Library in West Philly; a member of the Friends of Dard Hunter; and a co-organizer of the Hand Papermaking Community Documentation Project. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa in 2009, where she studied with Timothy Barrett, and her BA from Bennington College.